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Letter to UM BOD Secretary Robert Conrad August 4, 2012

Letter to UM BOD Secretary Robert Conrad August 4, 2012

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Letter to Unfettered Mind Board secretary, Robert Conrad, regarding two allegations against Buddhist teacher Ken McLeod, executive director of Unfettered Mind
Letter to Unfettered Mind Board secretary, Robert Conrad, regarding two allegations against Buddhist teacher Ken McLeod, executive director of Unfettered Mind

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PatriciaIvan,PhD777rueDeveyGreenfieldPark,QCJ4V1P5CARobertNolanConradEsq.1901AvenueoftheStars,Suite1100LosAngeles,California90067August4
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2012DearMr.Conrad,IamwritingtoyoubecauseyouareamemberoftheCaliforniaBar,presumablyawareoftheethicalandlegalresponsibilitiesofanon-profitboardofdirectors,andbecauseyouarelistedastheAgentof ServiceforUnfetteredMind(hereafterUM),aCalifornia501c3Corporation,#C1669749.Youarealso theSecretaryofUM'sBoardofDirectors(hereafterBOD)accordingtoinformationprovidedbyGuidestar(guidestar.org)whichIreceivedbywayofAnOliveBranch(hereafterAOB;an-olive- branch.org),anorganizationdedicatedtofosteringpeacefulandeffectivesolutionsfornon-profits,with aspecialtyinBuddhistorganizations.IamoneoftwoindividualswhohavetriedtolodgegrievancesagainstMr.KennethMcLeod(hereafterKM)UM'sExecutiveDirectorandawell-knownBuddhistteacher.EachofushascontactedUMPresidentStephanieSiebertprivatelyandthenbywayofAOB.TheidentityoftheothergrievantisknowntomeandAOB.Presumablyheridentitycanbeobtainedbyyoufromthatorganization.Ms. Siebertshouldalsobewellawareofheridentity.Iamintouchwiththatgrievantbuthavenotasked permissiontorevealheridentityinthisletter,soIshallrefertoherasGrievant2.Iamalsotheauthorofablog(patriciaivanconnections.blogspot.ca)dedicatedtodiscussingtheinstitutionofagrievancepolicyandprocedureforUM.Theblogbringstolightseriousdifficultiesinthe waytheUMBoardPresidenthasdealtwithgrievantssofar.Thesedifficultiesareasfollows:1)Theonly"policyandprocedure"Ms.SieberthasofferedsofaristhatImustsubmitmygrievancetoheraloneandtrusthertoconveyittotheUMBOD.2)Grievant2(inananonymouscommenttomypostofAugust2whichIhaveverified)statesthat,whenshesubmittedhergrievancetoMs.Siebert,itwasdeniedbyKManddismissedsummarily byMs.Siebert.3)Ms.SiebertwasmentionedtomeasaclosepersonalconfidanteatthetimeofmyrelationshipwithKMandismentionedassuchinsomeofmycorrespondencewithhim.4)InanemailofJuly232012Ms.Siebertwroteprivatelytothreewell-knownBuddhistteacherspreviouslycontactedbymeandmadequestionableclaimsandseveralinaccurateandirresponsibleaccusationsagainstme.(ThatletterwasmadeavailabletomebyJeffTipp,oneoftheteachers,intheinterestsoftransparency.)Iwilltakeupeachoftheseclaimsandallegationsseparatelybelow.Theyare: i.ThatIam"theonlyonecomplaining;" ii.That
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datetherehavenotbeenanysuchallegations"[warrantinginvestigation];iii.ThatIdemonstrateda"refusaltocooperate;" iv.Thattherewas"neveranysexualorotherrelationshipbetweenKMand[me]:" v.That"we[theUMBOD]havecopiesofallcorrespondence"betweenKMandme;
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Mr.Conrad,IamwritingtoyoubecauseIhavenoideawhatyouoranyotherboardmemberknowsaboutanyofthis.IhavehadnocontactwithanyboardmemberorUMrepresentativeotherthanMs.Siebert.Shehasrefusedtodivulgetheemailaddressesofotherboardmembersandhasevenrefusedtoprovidemewiththeirnames,whichshouldbepublicinformation.FourofMs.Siebert'sstatements abovearepatentlyfalse.Oneofthemisquestionableand,nomatterhowoneanswersthequestionsaboutit,moreseriousquestionsareraisedabouttheethicsandcompetencyoftheUMBOD.IwilladdressMs.Siebert'sclaimsonebyone:i.ThatIamlitheonlyonecomplaining."Ms.SiebertwascontactedbyGrievant2withanallegationaboutKen'sbehaviourwithher.Thiscanbe confirmedwithGrievant2.Ms.SiebertwasalsocontactedbyAOBaboutGrievant2'sallegation.Iamin receiptofaMay3rd2012emailfromMr.StevenCoraorofAOBinwhichhereportsthathecontactedMs.Siebertandinformedherthat"twopersonswhocontactedus[AOB]withallegationshadnotfeltheardanddidnotfeelliketheyweretakenthroughagrievanceprocess."ii.Thatlitodatetherehavenotbeenanysuchallegations"[warrantingagrievanceprocedure);Theparagraphabove,respondingtoMs.Siebert'sclaimthatIamtheonlyonecomplaining,alsofalsifies thisclaimthattherehavenotbeen
any
allegations.Grievant2madeallegationsandMs.Siebertisawareofthem.Asformyownallegations,inaFebruary112011emailtoMs.Siebert,Ireferto"my experience"with"inappropriateboundaries."ThecontextofthatlettershouldhavemadeplainIwas referringtomyrelationshipwithKM.Incaseitwasnotforsomereason,inanemailofJanuary52012 frommetoKM{whichMs.SiebertmentionshasbeenforwardedtoherinheremailtomeofJanuary82012}Iwriteof"alifethatwasshatteredbywhathappenedbetween[meandKM]"andthat"tothis dayIfeeldeeplyoffended,betrayedandviolated..."iii.ThatIdemonstrateda"refusaltocooperate;"By"refusaltocooperate"Ms.SiebertispresumablyreferringtomyrefusaltosubmitawrittenaccountofmyrelationshipwithKMtoherandtoheralone.ImadeplaintoMs.SiebertfrommyfirstemailtoherofFebruary112011,thatIknewshewasaclosepersonalfriendofKM'sandhisconfidanteduringourrelationship.SinceshewasalreadyawareofmyrelationshipwithKM,IdidnotthinkthatIhadto spelloutwhatshealreadyknew;namelythatheenteredintoanintimaterelationshipwithmethatbeganwhileIwashisstudent.InallmydealingswithMs.Siebert,shehasneveronceacknowledgedthatsheknewofthatrelationship withKMwhenitoccurredandherapparentconflictofinterest.Recently,inanemailofJuly242012,I pointedhertoaSeptember162009emailfromKMinwhichhewritestome:"WhenIwroteaboutspeakingwithyouinperson,itwaspartiallybecauseIwasexperiencingagreatdealofshameaboutus,somuchthatIcouldn'tseehowtolivewithit.Aconversationwithmy
friendStephanie
[emphasismine]andthepassageoftimehaveloweredtheintensitytoamoretolerablelevel..."EventhisdisclosuredidnotelicitanyacknowledgmentfromMs.Siebertoranyresponseatalltomyernail. IalsoknewfromFebruary252011ofGrievant2'sexperiencesubmittingherallegationstoMs.Siebert. ThatknowledgeconfirmedmeinmydecisionnottoentrustmygrievancetoMs.Siebertandriskthe
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sametreatmentGrievant2hadreceived.Ihadalreadymadeplainmydesireto"ensurethatsomethingisdoneforKenandhisstudentsthatwouldprovideformalguidelinesinthesesituations."Ihavebeenpressingforformalgrievancepoliciesandprocedureseversince.Ihaverepeatedlyaskedforformalproceduresandhavenowattemptedtobringawell-respectedthirdparty,AOB,intotheprocesswithnoresultorreplyfromMs.Siebertsofar.ReasonablepeoplewillagreethatIhadamplereasonnot trustMs.Siebertatthattimeandevenmorenowthatshehasstymiedmyeffortsandpublishedthepatentfalsehoodsexaminedhere.Iwillleaveittoreasonablepeopletodecidewhohasrefusedtocooperate.iv.Thattherewas"neveranysexualorotherrelationshipbetweenKMand[me];"InanAug72009emailKMwritestomyex-husband,"DidIviolatetheethicsIhavelivedforthelast20+years?Givenyourletter...Ihavetosay,"Yes".Andwiththat,Inowhavetostepback completely...Apologiesarecheap,Iknow,anddamagehasbeendone.Nevertheless...
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amverysorry.EventhoughIconsultedwithtrustedadvisorshereinLA,thedecisionsImadewereclearlywrong."This emailalonerendersabsurdtheclaimthatKMandIneverhadarelationshipofanykind.Asyoucanseefromtheonequotedintheprecedingsectionabove,itisnottheonlysuchemail. v.That'we[theUMBOD]havecopiesofallcorrespondence"betweenKMandme;Mr.Conrad,IwouldliketoaskyouifthisclaimbyMs.Siebertistrue,butunfortunatelymoretothe pointisthequestion,howcouldyouknow?SincetheUMBODhasneveraskedmetosubmitmycopiesofthecorrespondencebetweenKMandme,neitherInortheboardcouldpossiblyknowwhetherwearelookingatthesameitems.PleaseconsiderthepositionIaminasIconsiderMs.Siebert'sclaimthatyouhaveseen
all
mycorrespondencewithKM,includingthepassagesaboveandthoseliketheminthe120emailsandthe130pagesofSkypechathistorybetweenKMandme.Ifyouhaveseen
all
thecorrespondence,ImustbelievethatyouhaveallowedyourBoardPresidenttopretendpubliclytheyshownoevidenceofanyrelationshipatallbetweenKMandme.Ifyouhavenotseenthemall,youhaveallowedyourBoard Presidenttotellyoushehasgivenallofthemtoyouwhenshehasnot,withoutevercheckingwithmetoseeifherclaimistrue,andyouhavedismissedanyconcernformygrievanceonthatbasis.Mr.Conrad,IherebyrequestoftheUMBOD: 1.ThatyouretractinwritingallMs.Siebert'sfalsestatementsevidencedabove. 2.ThatyoucontactAOBandacknowledgethattheallegationsofGrievant2havebeenreceived. 3.Thatyoupubliclyeitherrecognizeasyourownorrepudiate"JenShiang"whoclaimstoknow detailsofhowtheUMBODdealtwithmeandevenpretendstoknowmyownmotivationsandhistorywithKM.("JenShiang"makesherallegationsanonymouslyonmyblogandpostsa hushmailemailaddresstomanageinquiriessecretly.)4.Thatyousharewithmeyourcopiesofallcorrespondencebetweenme,KM,myex-husbandandanyoneelserelevanttomyrelationshipwithKMand/ormyattemptstopressforpoliciesandprocedurestohearmygrievance.S.Thatyoustateplainlywhetherinfact,givenwhatyounowknowofherinvolvementand behaviorinthismatter,youthinkmysolerecourseshouldbetoentrustMs.Siebertalonewith mygrievanceand,ifyouagreeherparticipationisnolongerappropriate,thatyouproposeagrievanceprocedureinvolvingarespectableneutralthirdparty.
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